BiFrost | Elysian Brewing Company

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by PhantomVodoo on 11-25-2003

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Honey-colored (or lighter side of Ochre yellow) with big, slow bubbles, and a medium, willowy head that shrinks but quick.
A simple yet superb malty sweetness.
Taste follows the nose, with a brief, slight booze burn on the mouth's roof. After a few gulps the bubbles begin to pop, crisp and sour, but not sharp. Bold. Tastes stronger than the 8.3%.

Have not had this style in some time. Refreshing, strong, simple. Not the last bottle I will be picking up!

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Photo of BB1313
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 11/28/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with some sediment/floaties along with some clarity; fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of grains. Some soggy corn cereal. Malts are there. The flavors are bold with a strong sharp bitterness. Tons of fresh pine. Hints of citrus. Nice amount of grapefruit and lemon. Some fresh grass in the mix. Solid malt backbone. It's slightly sweet in the finish, but it's still bitter. It's ultimately bittersweet. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth.

This is a decent brew. The best way to categorize it would be an "Imperial Pale Ale". It has alot of traditional pale ale qualities, but amped up.

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Photo of gandres
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint Glass during happy hour at the brewpub in Tangltown/ Greenlake, Seattle on Monday after New Year
amber, small head, some lacing
bitter taste even for an IPA
long finish, bitter aftertaste
very good beer, can be repeat, but not something to look forward to
Drank: January 2, 2017 3:45 PM

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Photo of philbe311
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - An attractive pour... Two plus fingers worth of lush creamy white froth with a big rocky top... Stellar retention... Gobs upon gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass as it settles a bit... The color is a pale amber with some lemony yellow undertones when properly back lit... Just a touch of haziness... Almost completely still with just a stray carbonation bubble her and there...

S - A slightly timid nose... Faint cereal grains... A touch of piney hops... And turkey (no, seriously I'm picking up turkey - never before in nearly 1,500 reviews)...

T - A strong hop presence... Mostly piney with a touch of citrus... Honey... Some muted candied sugars... Cereal grains...

F - Velvety smooth... On the lighter side of small bodied... Light carbonation but with a strong bit to it... A bit sticky... Very nice...

O - A interesting take on the Winter Warmer style... Exceptional and near world class appearance and feel... Very pedestrian smell with only slightly more interesting flavor profile... I may indulge again next season... A slightly unique and world class value in the realm of winter seasonals...

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Photo of ANIMOUL
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps my taste buds are misaligned but tasted hints of grapefruit and space up front, with lasting bitter resin finish. Tastes like a subtle IPA. Good. Worth trying.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a date of 11/10/16. Sampled on December 15, 2016.

It pours a slightly milky looking medium orange-amber with a modest off-white head that fades.

The aroma has a slight hint of orange or tangerine but the more forward characters are the sour dough bready malt and yeast characters. Low to no booze profile.

Medium or better body.

The taste brings out the same yeasty breaded malt sweetness with a mild to moderate bitterness and a kind of tobacco like quality. Maybe that is herbal. I had hoped for more but I didn't mind it.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy and citrus. Heavy and alcoholic, Murky burnt orange, I think this would be great with food, but I like winter warmers to be sweeter, browner, and stand alone by a fireplace with marshmallows.

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Photo of rand
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber into nonic pint glass

Classic ale appearance; golden tan, slightly cloudy and a small wispy head leaving a fair amount of lacing.

Nose is straight-forward West Coast ale - piney hops, earthy grains against a bready, toasty backdrop. Smells a little boozy as well, edged by pithy citrus notes.

Hoppy flavor profile, this tastes more like an IPA than a winter warmer. Earthy, bitter, pine notes up against toasted grains. As the sip progresses, flavors because sweet and sticky, almost cloying if it wasn't for the noticeable alcohol notes to break things up. A bit chewy, with long finish and bittersweet residuals lingering between swallows.

I don't really get this beer. I'm not sure what they were trying to do here - it's too hoppy and bitter for a winter warmer, but too malty and sticky to be a good hoppy ale. It's not the worst beer to drink, but nothing remarkable either.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear golden orange thin white head

S malt to citrus pith subtle pine needles olive juice

T: bitter pine to Christmas spices. Candied orange. Resin. Hop water really

F: a bit watery. Crisp bitter finish to malty sweet.

O: nothing special. Spicy IPA.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark orange with a big two-knuckled sudsy head. Aroma is mostly malts, but there is a hint of spice, (cinnamon maybe?) and a little bit of something soured. Taste is much better than the smell, although maybe overly sweet. The spicing is much more pronounced on the tongue, although it works better than the nose would lead you to believe. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, with the sweetness covering up the fairly high ABV.

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Photo of SamQ
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5/5. A truly remarkable beer. Outstanding amber-gold coloration with an unbelievably smooth, rich taste. I bought a 6 pack for a weekend beer, and was just star-struck by every aspect of this beer. Even the label is on-point. You can't go wrong with Elysian Bifrost Winter Ale. The only downside to this masterpiece is the fact that it probably is only available regionally. If you ever find yourself in the pacific northwest during the season, do yourself a favor and give this beer a whirl.

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Photo of stevoj
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is nothing special , but it has a nice nose, malt and hops. Taste is even better, aforementioned malt and hops with a hint of alcohol burn. Palate is surprisingly subdued however, but lasts a long time in the mouth.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: clear gold with no head
S: not much...some hops and malt, just basic raw ingredients
T: very malty, but citrus at first then all malt finish.
F: thin, no carbonation
O: drain pour

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of auburn caramel, thin beige head 1/5". Aroma of warming alcohol, bitter c hops, and malty caramel.

Taste, immediately one of the hoppier beers in the winter warmer genre. Hits those holiday spice rack notes with nutmeg and cinnamon. Balanced between smooth and a relatively dry finish for a warmer.

Better in a 12oz than bomber format, but at least they're relatively affordable even by those standards.

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Photo of Kuzi_86
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle (Case of 6)
Outdated Label on current Beer page.

At first pour, A nice solid Orange / Carmel Color with faint visability in glass. Although other viewers stated they had lasting 2 finger head. I received about 1 finger head with decent carbonation. Borderline Lager/Champaigne look.
Upon first smell, a faint hint of citrus with a strong Malt/Alcohol Scent. Which is understandable for a 8.3 Alcohol Volume Ale.
Now the Taste. A consistent Rich citrus Malt blend, with a hint of hoppiness. A strong kick of that 8.3 alcohol as well. As for the after taste, those flavors of citrus will kick in, along with a faint zesty pepper note to top it off.
All in all a nice beer. Definitely not packed full of flavors, but if your looking for a strong consistent Citrus Malt Ale. With a zesty after kick. This beer is the way to go.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer hits the glass in a very dark orange/amber to rust in color. A sizeable and frothy head forms and retains like a champ, hanging around long enough to lace throughout the entire drink. Wafting out of the glass is an aroma straight out of a midwinter's night. Mild to strong hops bitterness hits the nose right up front in a burst of floral and light pine notes. Quickly, the hops are replaced with a touch of brown sugar sweetness before those are also washed away and the nose turns toward some dark and bitter malts.

Taking a drink, the flavor of the beer follows the scent almost to the letter. The hops are somewhat more subdued than on the nose, but the medium pine bitterness is still there. Next comes the brown sugar sweetness, which is stronger than it was in the scent and drowns out the hops bitterness. The last flavor to hit the tongue, as well as the one to linger, is what I would call a "light barleywine" flavor. Big malts, light alcohol, and just a slight return of the hops ends the drink and sticks around a little while after the drink. As far as mouthfeel goes, there is a slight bit of noticeable alcohol in the flavor and weight, but other than that, this is a fairly drinkable beer. None of the flavors are too heavy to slow this drink down, and I think the best description is again "light barleywine."

Overall, this is an interesting and somewhat unique brew. The hops and malts balance out well and combine to form a winter ale that is different from a heavy stout or wet-hopped IPA. A good change of pace winter beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight yeast, hint of resin, slight pine, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer, but perhaps more aptly fits within a Pale Ale style. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight resin, slight hops, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, not particularly winter-y nor is it particularly a pale ale, tastes reminiscent of an altbier.

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Photo of EvoRich
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed by my girlfriend Sierra. Word for word.

Look: Looks like a murky lake with apples fermenting in the bottom. Really like apple cider with a foamy top.

Smell: Light. Refreshing. Like I'm walking through an orchard on the first day of spring.

Taste: Not as good Uuggghhh. As it smells. Makes my body tense up. After taste is more pleasant.

Feel: Defiantly would say it's light. When I put it in my mouth it foams up. Like I have rabies.

Overall: Words are hers. The numbers are mine :)

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Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely clear golden color with a two finger white head. Very stable foam. The aroma is a bit hoppy...earthy, slightly piney hops. The taste is bitter, full, sweet, and warming. Plenty of body and very drinkable. Nice on a very cold winter night.

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Photo of lastmango
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a honey orange color with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing. Nose is a bit grassy from the hops. Taste is sweet malt upfront followed by a pronounced gassiness and hop bitterness. Mouth feel was a bit oily with moderate body and carbonation. This was not what I expected from a winter ale. BA has this a winter warmer and I think this needs to be changed.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer seems to be incorrectly categorized. Didn't seem like a true winter warmer so I went to the Elysian web site. and they called it a "winter pale ale"

22 oz bottle. No bottling date info

Pours a clear pale golden body with a white head. Some retention & lacing

Smell is not very pronounced, but what I am getting is hop forward. More grassy then citrus or pine . Some malt

Taste is hop forward. Crisp with a bitterness that hides the booze a little.

The feel was the only thing about this beer that reminded me of a winter warmer. . Smooth and velvety

Overall: Reminds me of an imperial IPA . Nice but if you are looking for a winter warmer... Keep looking !

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, candied citrus zest, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid mix of citrus and earthy hops all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of wumpshire
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a great winter warmer. Tastes like apricots, brandy, yet not boozy. A session barley wine (oxymoron)? I finally found a strong beer my wife likes!

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a peach tinted yellow into my pint glass. minimal head and lacing throughout the session.

Grassy hops on the nose, hint of malts.

More grassy hops on the palate. Subtle spices. Reminiscent of Alaskan Winter ale. Spruce tips? Slight hit of blueberry as well.

Beer is moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Lingers but not too long.

Overall this was a well balanced beer. Sometimes the spice notes can get away from you on a winter warmer, but this one was well done. This wouldn't become a staple, but something I would definitely have once or twice a winter season.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella chalice.

Pours a viscous ruddy yellow color with a half finger of foam. Carbonation level is low. Aroma is malty/sweet, with some toffee notes.

Flavor is rather citrusy and bitter. Bitter lemon pith and strong lingering boozy finish. Big body and sweetness as well. This is the second bottle I've had. The first one I tried after drinking an IPA first and I enjoyed it more. This time, on a clean palate, the beer comes across more bitter and boozy.

This is a decent beer. Nothing too flashy, but a nice winter sipper.

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